• Air Flights

    Major airlines fly into Cape Town and Johannesburg on a daily basis. You won’t get cheaper fares by booking them in Southern Africa so you may as well book them from wherever you are/live.
  • Baz Bus Hop on Hop off

    The Baz Bus is a hop-on, hop-off backpackers bus in South Africa. It’s an easy way to get from A to B and a fun way to meet other travellers. They drop you at your backpacking hostel door.
  • Buy back Car Companies

    Buy a car here for your journey through Southern Africa and save up to 60% in rental fees!
  • Car Hire South Africa

    There are a number of cheap car hire operators in South Africa. All of the cities in South Africa have car hire branches.
  • Long distance trains

    Southern Africa does not have a great railroad infrastructure so travelling by train is fairly restrictive (but fun nonetheless).
  • Minibus taxis

    Without doubt, the cheapest way to travel is to use local black transport systems or “minibus taxis”. They require nerves of steel but are definitely the most efficient way to get around pretty much anywhere in South Africa.

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Long Distance Buses

There are a number of long distance buses including Translux, Intercape, Greyhound and the Baz Bus (which is the only real backpacker bus).


Transport

  • Mainliner bus services

    These are usually air-conditioned “luxury buses” which have on-board toilets and a hostess who occasionally offers you a sugary drink or blanket. “Chicken (pack ‘em and stack ‘em) busses” are cheaper, less spacious, more crowded, more likely to be fun (if you have a sense of humour) and more likely to break down. In some areas they may be the only bus service and are unlikely to have a strict timetable.
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Stoked Backpackers
If the awesome mural wrapping the side of Stoked Backpackers in Muizenberg doesn’t hook you, then maybe the killer views will.
(Muizenberg and Kalk Bay,Cape Town)

Semonkong Lodge and Pony Treks
Situated in the rugged Maluti mountains, this is a trekking paradise.
(Bloemfontein,Lesotho)

Salty Crax Backpackers
This Table View backpackers definately needs you to check out the beach, the bars, the jacuzzi and the menagerie. Hmm. And surf, windsurfing and going mad…
(Northern Beaches,Cape Town)

African Array Backpackers Lodge
At African Array you’ll experience all the beauty, wildlife, culture and all the adventure that you came to find in South Africa.
(Plettenberg Bay,Garden Route)

Acacia Africa
Small group tours 4-days to 3-weeks
(Cape Town Suburbs,Cape Town)

Catembe Packer's Lodge
Catembe sits by the lapping waters of Holy Spirit Bay and is one of the best kept secrets of Maputo.
(Maputo,Mozambique)

Kammanassie Backpackers
Kammanassie backpackers in Uniondale can be found on a road less travelled, and therefore a good alternative to the N2 zoom.
(Uniondale,Route 62)

Diamond Diggers Backpackers
This Johannesburg backpackers is close to Malls and the CBD. They offer a free airport pick-up.
(Johannesburg,Johannesburg)

Colesberg Backpackers
Colesberg is one of those famous half way stops between here and there.
(Colesberg,Eastern Cape Inland and the Karoo)

Old Mac Daddy
The epitome of "Trailer Park Luxury" set amongst the whispering pines
(Grabouw,Overberg )